An expert committee assembled by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has produced an important new report proposing methods for increasing survival rates and quality of life following cardiac arrest, and two prominent Miller School of Medicine physicians — cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., and neurologist Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S. — played key roles on the committee.
The report recommends seven courses of action, including a national data base, new public education and training initiatives, and programs for improving response times in and out of hospitals.
Cardiac arrest strikes almost 600,000 people in the U.S. each year, killing the vast majority of them, according to the IOM report. Approximately 395,000 cardiac arrests occur in an out-of-hospital setting, of which less than 6 percent survive. Another 200,000 cardiac arrests occur in hospitals, and 24 percent of those patients survive. Estimates suggest that cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease, as a general category.
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The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has issued updated guidelines for the emergency treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke, recommending endovascular treatment using small mechanical devices known as stent retrievers that grab and allow removal of large clots from a blocked artery in the brain.
The Miller School of Medicine has launched an international fellowship program that will provide training and surgical experience with new technology-driven interventional treatments for structural heart disease. Participants in the one-year fellowship will spend eight months in Miami, two to three months at the Angiografia de Occidente in Cali, Colombia, and one month at ThoraxCenter in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Chairman Emeritus of Pediatrics and Member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as the first recipient of its new annual Advocacy Award.
To help support innovative cancer research, the Woman’s Cancer Association (WCA) of the University of Miami held its annual WCA Grant and Installation Luncheon May 14 in Coconut Grove.